Lets Talk invited a member of ‘Five in a Row’, the Scottish team that Citylets are sponsoring in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, to feature on the podcast. Clive Rooney, already a double world champion in skiff rowing tells of his and the other crew members’ reasons for deciding to take on such a challenge.

The challenge which is also known as the ‘World’s Toughest Rowing Race’ sees the fleet row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, from La Gomera in the Canaries to Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean. Clive describes how it is no mean feat to even get to the starting line and the staggering preparation involved from not only the boat, equipment, financial support but physically and mentally too.

Burning over 9,000 calories a day

The crew will row two hours on, two hours off, 24 hours a day throughout the race which takes on average between four and six weeks. Host, Gillian Semmler, also asks Clive about the nutritional side of things; the food they will be taking on board for the whole trip, how they will prepare for the weight loss and the huge amount of water they will require to rehydrate themselves.

Clive and Gillian also discuss the extreme conditions the crew will face and the importance of adhering to specific hygiene procedures to ensure they stay healthy, on a boat with no shower or toilet.

Clive chats about how their families feel about the crew entering the challenge, and also about their chosen charity, ‘Reverse Rett’ and why it is close to their hearts.

If you are interested in supporting ‘Five in a Row’, contact: clive@fiveinarow.co.uk

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